2020 Keynote Speakers

Duncan Wardle
Duncan Wardle
Creativity Speaker. Former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. Duncan is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Will McIntosh
Will McIntosh
Executive Vice President of Digital and Sports Consumer Business at NBC Sports Group

Will has direct oversight of the NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of digital businesses, including all business aspects of GOLFNOW, all golf-related lifestyle businesses, SportsEngine, GOLFChannel.com, and NBCSports.com among other web-based businesses, including Rotoworld. Previously, McIntosh spent a decade as the head of digital for GOLF, most recently as Executive Vice President, Business and Strategy. During his tenure, McIntosh was the primary driver of more than 15 mergers and acquisitions that have proliferated company growth, including EZ Links Golf, the leading provider of golf course technology in North America. In 2016, McIntosh spearheaded NBC Sports’ entry into youth sports via the acquisition of Minneapolis-based Sport Ngin – rebranded as SportsEngine – the leading provider of sport-life management software and mobile applications for more than 45,000 sports organizations and 16 million coaches, parents and youth athletes.

Mallory Weggemann
Mallory Weggemann
Motivational Speaker. Two-time Paralympian

Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. On January 21, 2008, she went to the hospital to receive her third and final epidural injection that she was receiving to help treat back pain caused by postherpetic neuralgia. The epidural injections that were supposed to help with the debilitating pain instead left Mallory a paraplegic with complete loss of movement from her abdomen down. Just three months after her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool. Following the London 2012 Games Mallory launched her career as a highly sought-after motivational speaker and began her training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Although, in 2014 fate would leave Weggemann with another twist in her athletic journey after she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left arm. Faced with the reality of potentially having to retire Weggemann decided that she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of the Rio 2016 Games without a fight. Weggemann is now a two-time Paralympian and will be training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Themes and Breakout Session Topics

This year’s theme: Engage|Innovate|Transform will have attendees engaging in immersive experiences and breakout sessions covering the industry’s most important topics, including:

  • Innovation through the lens of Investors
  • The Future Workforce depends on Innovation
  • The Forward on FinTech
  • The Future of CX (Customer Experience)
  • Driving Inclusion & Innovation in Workforce Culture

  • Navigating the Cyber Threatscape of 2020
  • AI for Good
  • AgTech in the ATL
  • Innovating to Win
  • Digital Resilience

  • It's Officially Time to Self-Disrupt
  • The Future of eSports and Gaming
  • Georgia's Innovation Economy
  • Culture of Transformation
  • Aerospace and Unmanned Air Systems

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TAG Society Showcase

Recognizing and Celebrating TAG’s 25 Professional Societies

March 3, 5:30pm-8pm

The Society Showcase will kick off The Summit with a fun, engaging night of networking, awareness and entertainment. Meet the leadership of TAG’s 25 Professional Societies and learn more about how you can join, engage, lead or sponsor.

TAG Impact Awards

The TAG Impact Award recognizes a TAG member serving on a society board who embodies the ideals of servant leadership and advances the TAG mission to connect, promote, influence and educate Georgia’s technology ecosystem to advance the innovation economy.

The TAG Impact Award winner will be announced at The Summit Showcase

  • Honorees and the winner will be recognized in The Summit event program
  • Honorees will receive a discount ticket code to attend The Summit
Impact Awards

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

5:30PM - 8PM

Society Showcase in Ballroom

Summit Exhibitor Showcase in Prefunction

TAG Impact Award Honorees Recognized

Entertainment, cocktails and appetizers

Summit Exhibitor Showcase

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

7:30AM - 2:30PM

Full Day Schedule


Registration Opens

Welcome Remarks

State of the Industry Report


Top 10 Presentations




24 Breakout Sessions



Tech Hall of Fame Induction

TAG Impact Award Recipient Announced


Top 10 Winners Announced

Closing Remarks

Breakout Session Details

This year’s theme: Engage|Innovate|Transform will have attendees engaging in immersive experiences and breakout sessions covering the industry’s most important topics, including:



Innovation through the lens of Investors  - What does innovative growth look like through the lens of an investor?

  • Moderator:  Kelly Gay
  • Panel:
    • Brian Dally - GROUNDFLOOR, Co-founder & CEO
    • David Cummings - Atlanta Tech Village, Founder
    • Jim Douglass - Fulcrum Equity Partners, Partner


The Future Workforce depends on Innovation – Leveraging Technologies such as AI and ML to Drive Engagement in personalized People Development.

  • Moderator:  Jim Everidge – RapidLD, CEO
  • Panel
    • Jeff Whipple – Ferguson, Chief Talent Officer
    • Shannon Benham – UPS, International Talent Manager
    • TBA


The Forward on FinTech – - Why every company is becoming a FinTech company.

  • Moderator:  Andrew Morris - Money20/20 USA, Board Member & Advisor; Former Chief Content Officer
  • Panel:
    • TBA - NCR Corporation
    • TBA


The Future of CX (Customer Experience) –  Great products and services are no longer enough for customers in 2020.  The experience of working with your company is both an expectation and a differentiator. Learn what leading Atlanta-based companies are doing to create engaging experiences and turning customers into enthusiasts.

  • Moderator:  Chad McCloud – Jabian Consulting, Executive Director 
  • Panel:
    • Adam Waid - SalesLoft, VP Customer Success
    • Scott White - Fleetcor, SVP Strategic Marketing
    • Mike Gomes - CEO, Cortland


Driving Inclusion & Innovation in Workforce Culture – Learn how leading brands are leveraging inclusion to drive innovation culture in the workplace. 

  • Moderator:  Adam Moore – Truist, VP Supplier Diversity
  • Panel:
    • Stephen Ichatha – Google, Program Manager - Data Center Network Deployment
    • Richard Smith – Benton & Bradford, Managing Partner
    • TBA



Navigating the Cyber Threatscape of 2020 – Hear from Cyber experts on the latest threats facing businesses in 2020 and the most important tactics and approaches businesses should be aware of to protect their assets.

  • Moderator: James Azar – CyberHub USA, CO-Founder & CSO 
  • Panel:
    • Shena Seneca Tharnish - Comcast Business Services, VP, Cybersecurity Products
    • Richard Warner - AwareForce, CEO
    • Dennis Legori – TSYS, Senior Information Security Compliance Analyst - Global Security Awareness
    • Michael Barker – Columbus State University, Director, Cyber Security Center


AI for Good - Real life examples of how AI & Data Science are being leveraged to help Georgia tackle mental health, opioid addiction and human trafficking.


  • Moderator:  Beverly Wright -  PhD, CAP – RelationalAI, Partner - Data Science 
  • Panel:
    • Blake Fleischer – Gallup
    • Eric Schmidt – The Coca-Cola Company, Global Director - Data & Analytics


AgTech in the ATL- The Future of Food and how Georgia leads with Smart Agriculture and other innovative technologies to Plant the Seeds for Sustainability. 

  • Moderator:  Cynthia Curry – Metro Atlanta Chamber, Director – Smart Cities Ecosystem Expansion 
  • Panel
    • Michael Choi - Ponix, Co-Founder & CEO
    • Mario Cambardella - City of Atlanta, Urban Agriculture Director
    • TBA - AGCO


Innovating to Win - Organizations face increasing pressure to innovate, and to deliver those innovations all the way to the market. These panelists will discuss what their organizations are doing to innovate and how they are solving problems in creative ways.  All three panelists and the moderator hail from Georgia companies, giving us great home-grown examples to learn from.

  • Moderator:  Mike Morris, CEO, Broadgreen Solutions 
  • Panel:
    • Thomas Stubbs – The Coca-Cola Company, VP of Engineering and Innovation, Freestyle
    • Matt Stevens - Centegix, CEO
    • Jason Allen Crown & Caliber, CMO


Digital Resilience – The question is not if you will be targeted, but when. Learn about the tactics used by today’s hackers, vulnerabilities lurking in networks, and strategies not just for surviving attacks, but actually thriving while under assault. 

  • Ray Rothrock – RedSeal, CEO & Author of Digital Resilience
  • Tom Noonan - TechOperators LL,  Partner & Co-founder  



It's Officially Time to Self-Disrupt - If you are not actively considering the disruptive technological forces that are at play and gaining traction in the marketplace, consider this your wake-up call!

  • Keynote: Dan Sterling – Jabian, Director   


The Future of eSports and Gaming – Level up! Learn the latest on Georgia’s growing Esports and gaming industry and its transformational impact on the state’s technology ecosystem and economy. Hear from industry leaders on business development trends in gaming and how businesses can take advantage of this vibrant tech trend.

  • Panel:
    • Jeremy Poore - Atlanta eSports Ventures (AEV), Director of Patrnerships for Atlanta Reign and Atlanta FaZe
    • Justin Varghese – Dreamhack, Marketing Manager for North America
    • Todd Harris – Skillshot Media, CEO
    • Karen Painter - WarnerMedia, EVP WarnerMedia Software & Services


Georgia's Innovation Economy - Trends, disruptions and threats impacting Georgia business and innovation.
In this session, Cox Automotive’s chief economist will discuss:

  1. the key trends changing the US and Georgia economies;
  2. disruptive forces transforming the economy and the auto market;
  3. threats to growth and status quo; and  
  4. how Georgia compares in economic fundamentals and expectations.
  • Keynote: Jonathan Smoke -  Cox Automotive, Chief Economist


Culture of Transformation 

  • Keynote: Bryson Koehler – Equifax, CTO


Aerospace and Unmanned Air Systems – Hear from industry leaders on how Georgia is advancing its position in the aero-space economy.

  • Moderator:  Amy Hudnall - GA Dep’t of Economic Development, Director – Center of Innovation Aerospace
  • Panel:
    • TBA

2019 Technology Hall of Fame Inductee
presented by PwC

David Cummings

David Cummings
Founder, Atlanta Tech Village

David Cummings is an Atlanta-based tech entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies collectively valued at nearly $1 billion, including Pardot, SalesLoft, and Terminus. David is also the founder of the Atlanta Tech Village — the United States’ 4th largest tech hub — and the largest investor in Calendly, the world’s most popular scheduling app.